CANNABIS NEWS

Department of Agriculture to Hold Public Hemp Commission Meeting for Decision on Hemp Licensure Application

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – The VI Department of Agriculture (VIDA) will hold a Public Hemp Commission Meeting, on Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at 1:00 P.M.

The media and the public are invited to attend.

The meeting will be attended by Hemp Commission members from VIDA, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD), Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA), UVI President, and Virgin Islands Farmers and Retailers of Hemp. The meeting will be held to review an application for Hemp Licensure that was submitted by Crucian Hemp Farms LLLP, and decision will be made on the issuance of the Virgin Islands first Commercial Hemp Grower License and Hemp Seed Distributer Permit.

For more information call Deputy Commissioner Hannah Carty, at 340-774-5182 or email VIDA directly at info.doa@doa.vi.gov.

VIRGIN ISLANDS CANNABIS ADVISORY BOARD CONVENES

Commissioner of the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs, Richard T. Evangelista is pleased to announce that the Virgin Islands Cannabis Advisory Board (CAB) held its first formal meeting on February 27, 2020.

The CAB meeting was held at the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) on St. Croix. Topics discussed included proposed amendments to the Virgin Islands Cannabis Patient Care Act, creation of a CAB website, CBD provider certification and the expedited nominations for additional CAB members. The existing members elected officers are as follows:

Miguel Tricoche, Chair, Dr. Nicole Craigwell-Sims, Ph.D., Secretary, Dr. Catherine A. Kean, M.D., Vice-Chair, Dr. Gary Jett, M.D., Member, Christopher T. Jones, Member

DLCA HOSTS HEMP/CBD TOWN HALL MEETINGS

January 7, 2020

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) is hosting a tri-island town hall meeting to educate the public and business community on the Department’s current role in the Hemp/CBD industry. Townhall meetings shall begin promptly at 6 p.m. at the following locations:

St. Croix: Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Location: Sunny Isles Amphitheater

St. John: Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 Location: Cleone Henrietta Creque Legislative Building

St. Thomas: Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020 Location: Small Business Development Center located in Nisky Center

DLCA has also invited other government agencies to speak on its role in this growing industry.

The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs appreciates the public’s input and looks forward to an educated, robust discussion. Consumers or Merchants with questions may contact the Office of the Commissioner at (340) 713-3522. For any other consumer-related issues you may email us at consumerawareness@dlca.vi.gov or follow us on Facebook.

November 22,2019

Bill that would federally decriminalize marijuana passes House committee

The House Judiciary Committee has approved a bill Wednesday that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal level. The Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019, or MORE Act, passed 24-10 after more than two hours of debate. It now heads to the full House.

The bill would remove marijuana from the list of federally controlled substances, allow states to set their own marijuana policy and require federal courts to expunge prior convictions for marijuana offenses. A 5% tax on marijuana products would also establish a trust fund for programs designed to help people disproportionately impacted by the "war on drugs," including job training and treatment for substance abuse.

"For far too long, we have treated marijuana as a criminal justice problem instead of a matter of personal choice and public health. Whatever one's views on the use of marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes, arresting, prosecuting and incarcerating users at the federal level is unwise and unjust," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said in his opening statement.

Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association," praised the proposal's approval by saying it "marks a turning point for federal cannabis policy and is truly a sign that prohibition's day are numbered."

The Associated Press points out if the measure comes up for a vote in the full House, its chances are better in the Democratic-controlled chamber than in the Republican-held Senate, where the bill's future is uncertain. Medical marijuana is legal in 33 states and it's legal for recreational use in 11 states, along with the District of Columbia and the Territories.